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23/12/2013 - 2:41 PM


BehindHello totti.

I appreciate what you have put together here, a wide selection of patterns and a human being. The picture could still hold some interest even without him and it would be also interesting in a black and white version.

Unfortunately for me, the human is being shot with either to slow or too fast speed, a faster speed would have freeze his movement and that would echo the well described patterns held in their eternal immobility, or go for an even slower speed where a more stretched human figure would appear. But it would all have to do with what you had clearly in your mind, what you wanted to make it look like. This seems to me you had not decided, you weren't sure what effect you wanted to capture. I respect hit and miss because it helps us learn by realising our faults. Had you shot any other people from the same spot using different shutter speeds?

p.s. Merry Christmas to you
20/12/2013 - 1:56 AM



I know you know the area very well so I suppose you have shot from the best point possible. If there was no building on the right side of the tree, though, I would have moved my camera to the left side of the frame and shoot the tree and nothing else. But this building may be the Town Hall and you'd like to include it. From an Aesthetic point of view the inclusion of the building is more than a distortion and it can be eliminated digitally. From a political point of view, this looks right, honestly. Only a devout Christian would have complained that it can't be for a snowflake to be on the top of the tree, it should be the Star topping the tree; the Star that guided the Thee Magi to the Nazareth and the Nativity. Regarding the angle I think it's not unusual to have leaning trees in Canada, banehawi would agree. Timbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

Merry Christmas to you too.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)Hi.

I am using a laptop and that has as a result of the image to vary on colour intensity and brightness depending on the position of the screen, but hey I care to work in a setting that there is no lighting disruptions. Despite my conditions and in the presumption to accept your honesty I think that the heavy shade in the woodland might have been in a different pace all around you maybe but not on that branch. I see the branch and the bird well lit from direct sunlight which also has created shadows both of the tree trunk fold and the bird's foot. In almost all circumstances (of screen tilt) I find the picture too bright especially on the left side of the tree trunk and the bird's white chest.

Object is well separated form background and I like the hint of green on the left contrasting the red belly of the Dendrocopos on a diagonal.

17/12/2013 - 10:16 PM

Woodland Sun

Woodland Sunhi, beautiful colours... I am inclined to leave all of the sun out to focus on red, green , ochre at the bottom half of your frame. The focus point would still be this pile of branches.

14/12/2013 - 2:20 AM


MilicaO.k. I take you work with a flash unit attached.
This has done two things:
It has created a reflection of the flashlight in the pupil of her eyes, which is good (and black and white film never displayed a 'red eye' problem).
It has only produced light for the front of her hair and that doesn't separate her from the background.
May I suspect the flash head could be turned upwards a bit and then you could attach with a elastic band a white card or aluminium foil to spread the light above her head. A sideways light or a light at her back -even from a table-top lamppost - could have helped her separate her from the background.
I know that Zenit B didn't have a lightmeter on it. Good exposure there then. The composition suits the frame as it leaves space for a cartoon-like balloon to say'Hello' or 'Hold on please, the paparazzi follow me!'
Milica herself poses too seriously and this shows she had understood what you had told her to do or decided to folow your instructions.
It's good if you make children giving their attention to you, it is as fun to be funny (but safer with digital camera as bad pictures don't cost you as much as a bad film frame)
Does she hold a phone or a toy? It is not clearly visible. A photo of her talking to a banana might had been more playful and childlike and could show some irony or contempt for the adult world Tongue

Never mind the camera you work with or play with, the result is what it matters.
13/12/2013 - 12:15 PM


ProgressEvolution nicely framed.

The weather conditions at the time may have spoiled your picture at the heights of the tallest building on the right, grey-ness in distant atmosphere result in a less contrasting image. Would a square crop work? Maybe but the it spoils a visual link of the triangle sides of the pyramid end of the skyscraper with the prominent facade loft part.

I thought it was shot with the latest Sony R1, but this one still seems kicking some @ss (in 2009). Great quality.

13/12/2013 - 3:24 AM


DraganaHi Maya.

1) The frame looks to tall in comparison with Dragana, you could have hr in a square frame instead.
2) She appears in the middle but you could crop some space from her back and move it to her front so there is more space to look at.
3) Her right arm, now on the left of the picture, looks awkward being chopped and left hanging a better pose would have eliminated this, she coud have that hand to support her elbow, prepare your shots more carefully.
4) You might had needed something to reflect some light on teh back side of teh face which looks darker.

5) My counting has improved since last time. You have a Nice Christmas. Bye for now.
06/12/2013 - 11:45 PM

Air Conditioning

Air ConditioningLess is more/

Well seen and well lit. I don't know if you can manipulate the image but I would have croppe dthe photograph a biy from teh top to exclude the black thing close to the air condition. I would have kept just the aircondition and the leg. Totally surreal. Bravo.
27/11/2013 - 1:13 AM


PortraitWell taken.

But the smile is too posed. The sparkling eyes are in the middle of the frame, not bad, but is all the space above her head needed? YOu cana try to crop and see it it works.

Kind regards,
22/11/2013 - 1:01 PM


NikiHello Danita.

I would like to point some stylistic details you should be aware of when you work in a studio. The necklace jewellery is cut; care should be taken s it is brought higher by a quick knot at her back. The picture has an ambiguous purpose and that doesn't work on its favour. I would crop the lowest part so there isn't much contrast of whites (vest and bust) with the darker areas and we'd rather face on the face and head; it would have an oblong shape rather than a square but then it still carries the feeling of suffocation and troublesomeness.

Kind regards,
Waiting (34) - for the return of filmShivers! Tell me these won't be wasted!

I do shoot film, last month it was the first time I ever opened a canister too, hope the film wasn't destryed, as I did it in a dark room. Won't be long to take it to be developed, I'll find it fate soon.

The picture is superb in lighting, and focusing, I like the black and white treatment and although I look at 35mm canisters which produce a 3:2 aspect ratio I'd say the picture would have even stronger impact if it was made to look 1:1 square. A crop from left would leave a square tribute to Kodak.

Attention! Salutes and orders platoon to fire the shutters. Amen

05/11/2013 - 8:59 AM


FIFTEENWel done, the girl looks very beautiful and the square format and black and white option give the picture a retro yet timeless feel. The one improvement I would think as obligatory is the removal of the car parked on the left behind her. The removal of photographer on the right is optional.

Nice picture, bravo
21/09/2013 - 2:09 AM


stretchingHi. I don't now where exactly in this big city this building is but the construction looks like a work of 'cowboy' builders.

Your picture reveals an ever alert photographic eye which can pick opportunities that most would ignore. So far so good.

Raising the lens upwards to shoot the picture has created distortion. You can sort this with various software. Or cropping.

First vertical column of the left vanishes (and with it the 'widening'). Four rows from the top of the lamp go too. First row from bottom goes as well.

You are left with an 8 block square and a diagonal line: Alpha square and beta square equals gamma square. The sum of sides squared equals the diagonal squared. Pythagorean theorem.

19/09/2013 - 1:49 PM

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Pont Alexandre III, ParisHi, I am known to be friendly and I really want to help but I may to sound cynic at the same time although I don't want that to happen. I am not involved into brand wars either, each one has his or her preference and buys what suits their wallet. I shall offer my sensible advice but it may not heal this picture; I hope you find it useful though for future endeavours. I took a guess that the lens (and the camera) must be water sealed - I have not paid attention the metadata apart the timing of exposure and ISO (people who use film, like me, don't ask too much) - I didn't even notice the aperture-. I know only you used a canon camera as the first comment notes (as if this is bad). You had me wondering, was this picture taken handheld or on a tripod usinge timer delay? However it may had been taken it seems you mad hadn't had an umbrella with you or you. It may be the least spoken photographic kit you may have heard of but it is a pretty useful thing to carry around. You can hold your camera and fire with the right hand and you can use your left to hold an umbrella above your camera and your head, actually you can rest your camera on the first bone of your left thumb to level your frame and support the camera as the rest of the four fingers and the palm hold the umbrella.

Halfway typing this I came yo with this thought: Why not using the pitch black bottom part of the picture showing water to 'paint' the rest of the picture where it is needed? It may be a faster way to 'fix' the issue.

And since the issue was (or I hope/wish to be) resolved by the friendly members of this website, I felt like commenting on the picture itself. A feature of the picture that I find really impressive is the beam of light that comes from the Eiffel tower. I have never been to Paris myself it was just my dad who had visited over 30 years ago and never told me about it. Most pictures I had seen form the Eiffel tower were taken during daytime. I can't know either that the street lamps display yellow light (for foggy nights?) or white. Both options can be true. An option you could go for once the 'healing' issue is done is to make this picture black and white Smile It would look very nice.

A slightly cropped frame (from the left so that excludes the first lamppost from the left) could help th viewer focus on the light beam at the center of this frame. If I was to shoot it again though I would have the camera lifted slightly upwards and to the right so it gets the whole of the lights of the right lamppost; the detail of the statue recorded in your frame is superb.
18/09/2013 - 10:20 AM

Girls best friend

Girls best friendApplauses.

It is a pleasing picture of the young lady and the horse. We can't know if this is a picture that should display the dark part of this very beautiful horse so I am not sure if it was a necessity to include it. The elements of the background (which look like a door and a window o the right) could be maintained in a vertical crop on the left which would exclude the first window from the left and might had led to a tiny crop on the right, actually a slight wider space than a vertical frame of your two subjects could contain, which I think could be an alternative way of presenting them. Smile

17/09/2013 - 6:03 PM

Jayne - sofa

Jayne - sofaErrr... I know this is a modest nude picture but I wonder... does it bother to show the door? it is shot in a house, rooms have doors. But it doesn't look like right to me although understand the limitations. What could I suggest you if I were to take the picture of this model in this room? To ask her to place her head on the left side of the sofa, so the door isn't visible. You are lucky to have plain walls!
16/09/2013 - 8:40 PM

reflections on a lexus

reflections on a lexusHi. The late Mr. Toyoda (founder of the Toyota company) would have been very pleased that his sewing machine factory he has created has ended up making pieces of art. You noticed something other photographers may had bypassed. Reflections of skies on cars are most of the times a nuisance but then people focus just on the cars rather than the options their reflective surfaces and the skies can offer. Being an abstract photo it is hard to offer any critique other than an aesthetic one. I like you have depicted a z-like shape on top left part and a flaowing pattern on the right center and bottom of the frame. What I find rather mismatching is a pattern on the top right pattern that looks like the u or v cup in a pattern that together with the diagonal leg resembles letter y. I would therefore crop the picture from top, roughly 1/6th of its height, to exclude that shape that cleans up some grey horizontal marks on teh white part of the z pattern. What is left is a pattern of downstream flow of white blue and grey which are a nice colour blend.
16/09/2013 - 7:23 PM

Jayne - headshot

Jayne - headshotHi. If I had one one shot to do with this person I wouldn't have asked her to take off the jacket from her shoulders. I think its coloyr and her eyes' colour are a good match. The way she has taken off the garment of her shoulders and back and has retained it on the sleeves looked really un-natural, as if another body dressed in a blue top holds her chin. Did she suggest this or was it your idea? I think it's the only thing in the picture that doesn't work, yet it is prominent.
11/09/2013 - 2:30 PM

A portrait of a friend

A portrait of a friendHi!

I do remember this one, so that means it is a striking picture Smile

To give it a more sinister style and mystery you could crop it more at the height of the right elbow as we ll at the picture. Take care so no flesh is visible. Doesn't he look like holding a riffle and looks down to someone? Bam! Birds fly away scarred. "Get Carter" sort of pic.

One shot, many stories to tell.
10/09/2013 - 12:37 AM

Cooley-Q Cools Off

Cooley-Q Cools OffHi, I can't understand if this is a moment after an accident but I think that a less wide aperture f/5.6, f/8 might had revealed Townend's facial expression better, it would be a champion pic then. No pun intended.